The City of Turin, Italy has been noted for many of its most famous local items. Firstly, the Shroud of Turin — the mysterious cloth that some say was covering Jesus Christ in his tomb, and still bears the mark of his face until this day. Another noteworthy accomplishment of the City of Turin is its booming auto industry. Being the home to Fiat Motors — an Italian automaker — Turin is often referred to as the “Detroit of Italy.”
Another locally made product that has been giving worldwide recognition to Turin, is the local chocolates and sweets made by local chocolate artisans. While Turin has long been known for its chocolates, it has only more-recently gained world fame and respect from chocolate peers, and has now been named “Turin: Italy’s Chocolate Capital.”
It is no surprise that Turin is the Capital of Italian Chocolate… Simply look all around the City of Turin and you will see the Alps. Just behind those mountains lies the other chocolate capitals of Europe including Switzerland and Belgium. with close proximity to the Central European chocolate centers, it is no surprise that centuries-old chocolate-making and pastry secrets came over those alps and settled into the valley.
So where are the best places in Turin to find artisan chocolates, decadent pastries, and rich desserts? Literally all around you. There are dozens of small cafes, bakeries, and dessert shops all throughout the center of the city, in the shopping districts, and along the waterfront of the river that winds through the city. All of these locations will serve the regular coffees, espressos, light pastries and sweets, and will also have some of their own signature chocolate dishes.
Delicious chocolates can be found around nearly every corner in Turin. The best way to find these chocolate shops, is to not try and find them. Simply walk around town taking-in the sights, museums, cafes, and restaurants, and the chocolate will come directly to you. Be sure to check out the Annual Chocolate Festival in Turin as well!